The tall half of North Carolina's one-two basketball punch, came out of that spill in the Providence game Sunday with what UNC officials are calling a moderately severe sprained ankle. The soph from Jersey City won't play against Kent State Wednesday night; will have a cast removed that day for recheck, and as of now it's touch and go whether he can play against Virginia on Saturday . . . A state judge in Houston transferred Rudy Tomjanovick's suit against the L.A. Lakers to federal court yesterday and ordered the Rocket forward's attorneys to submit a damage figure within 90 days on the effects of the Kermit Washington punch that put Rudy T out all NBA season . . . That figure will be substantial; meanwhile Laker Coach Jerry West is up in arms about what he calls "a very laughable figure." West was talking about Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder, and he wasn't laughing. Seems The Geek said during an NBA telecast Sunday that West told center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar either "play or quit." West denied it and said Snyder "has no business being on the air as part of the halftime feature. He has lowered the credibility of this league. He runs around all the arenas trying to get information. If he would bother to ask sources instead of relying on hearsay, it might give him some credibility." . . .

The Houston Astros are insisting the offer snubbed by outfielder Cesar Cedeno (a sub-.200 hitter through more than half of last season before burnup the National League in August and September) truly is the largest in baseball history - a lifetime pact offering $3.5 million over the next 10 years and addition pay until the moody Dominican is 65. General Manager Tal Smith says several negotiating sessions are planned this week, and if Cedeno, 27, is not signed by season's start, he probably will be offered in trade; the Astros won't want him around merely for the option year in his old contract. . .